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Blooming Pastures Provide Appetizers and Dessert for Busy Honey Bees

Given that each almond you eat is the result of pollination by a honey bee, there’s no doubt of their importance to the California almond industry. With continuing concerns about honey bee health, almond farmers are doing more than ever to make their orchards a good and safe place for pollinators. One innovative new... Read more »

Four Generations of Beekeeping: Hard Work, Pride, and Family

Almond Board of California is celebrating its community by running occasional features on farmers, processors, and others who support the industry, highlighting their commitment to sustainability. 1 Jacy and Jamie Johnston’s great-grandfather started a family bee business in 1908 as one of the earliest beekeepers in... Read more »

Bees and Almonds: A Sweet History

Almond Board of California is celebrating its community by running occasional features on farmers, processors, and others who support the industry, highlighting their commitment to sustainability. 1 Garber Poultry Farm was established in 1911, but in the 1960s, the hen houses began making way for almond trees. There... Read more »

Preparing Bees for Almond Bloom

Each year between January and February, just before almond trees burst into bloom, two-thirds of the nation’s commercial honey bees hives converge in California. The bees are essential because unlike some plants, almond trees are not self-pollinating, so they need some extra help from honey bees to provide the... Read more »

Pollinators and Farmer Win Big with Blooming Buffet for Bees

Did you know that without bees and other pollinators like them, almonds – along with many of our other favorite foods – simply wouldn't exist? It’s true . Lakhy Sran, partner and second-generation farmer at the Fresno County-based Sran Family Orchards , knows how important a healthy bee population is to almonds and... Read more »

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